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Technical guides and animations on the ADA and ABA StandardsThe U.S. Access Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.

"The Board is very excited to offer this series of technical guides and animations to help users understand the requirements of the ADA and ABA Standards and how they can be met," states Access Board Member Michael Graves, FAIA. "As a practicing architect, I know from experience how valuable this type of guidance is in following the standards and ensuring accessibility."

The initial installment of the guide covers the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic "building block" technical provisions (Chapter 3). Guides covering other sections of the standards will be released at a later date. The supplementary animations, which range in length from 6 to 10 minutes, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

"These new resources not only explain requirements in the standards but also demonstrate their rationale," notes Graves. "Knowing the 'whys' behind various provisions is key to understanding what accessibility means and how best to achieve it."

The Guide to the ADA Standards covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions. The Guide to the ABA Standards addresses similar standards that apply under the ABA to facilities that are designed, constructed, altered, or leased with federal funds.

Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series.

Candace Cable in Armenia

Candace Cable in Armenia spreading the word about living with disabilities.


Although it is not the point of this PSA here is proof that we see the world differently from a wheelchair.

Notice how this billboard is designed to communicate something entirely different to children, and by extension, those at wheelchair height. The process uses a lenticular lense to direct the image at a specific height. It raises the question. "What else do people of short stature pick up about the world that slips past others?"


From Graham Condie:

Would you be able to forward my questionnaire onto some groups of physically disabled people who you know have been on cruises? The deadline for the questionnaire is next Friday (7th February) (GMT).

My questionnaire contains 3 sets of questions on physically disabled peoples' motivations, experiences and opinions of cruises. Most of the questions are only ticking a box and the questionnaire should only take ten minutes.

Please find the questionnaire here:

Here is the 2012-2013 report from the 3rd European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities.

Join us on January 29th at 8:30 pm Eastern Time for a Virtual Support Group on travel with a disability. 

 Preregistration is required. Registration is online at this link:

What are these virtual discussion groups from ABC Medical?

Here at Leaving Evidence blog Mia Mingus deepens our understanding and gives a name to a phenomenon similar to what Fullbright Scholar Regina Cohen identifies as "atmospheres" in her excellent study of museum accessibility in Brazil.

First from Mia:

There are many ways to describe intimacy.  For example, there's physical intimacy, emotional intimacy, intellectual, political, familial or sexual intimacy.  But, as a physically disabled woman, there is another kind of intimacy I have been struggling to name and describe, what I have been calling "access intimacy".

Access intimacy is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else "gets" your access needs.  The kind of eerie comfort that your disabled self feels with someone on a purely access level.  Sometimes it can happen with complete strangers, disabled or not, or sometimes it can be built over years.  It could also be the way your body relaxes and opens up with someone when all your access needs are being met.  It is not dependent on someone having a political understanding of disability, ableism or access.  

Here Regina describes "atmospheres" in context:

Here is an article from BRACE worth reading that articulates well the groundswell that is also forming n the USA that has formed in reaction to intransigent injustice.

Just one quote and follow up at the link below:

Often, people like the idea of "inclusion" if folks with disabilities, they really do from the heart, but don't understand that it may very well mean a change is needed, and that we usually have a great deal of experience compromising and changing our own schedules and habits to suit your able bodied world. It would be nice if able bodied folks more often took the time and effort to recognize that when you invite us, you will need to do some adjusting, that things will simply not be as they have always been. That's just the way things go. And you never know, you may even like the change!

Read the full article:

PhotoAbility is  the work of New Mobility Person of the Year Deborah Davis and Australian tourism expert Bill Forrester. It charts a positive path through the excesses common in representing people  with disabilities in images. It marks a transition point by moving from discussion to providing a database of commercially available quality images.

Images at the poles the unaccepatable - off-the-path images - havebeen labeled "Inspiration Porn" and Desperation Porn."

Read Kara Ayers in her Audacity Magazine piece, "Desperation Porn: The Impact of Graphic Medical Images on the Disability Community":

 Stella Young wrote a phenomenal post on inspiration porn this summer. She describes the "feel good" images of children with disabilities as objectifying and limiting to our range of experience as people with disabilities.

I consider this newest trend a polar opposite type of image but with a similar impact. Graphic medical images of nameless children splashed across the Internet are a form of desperation porn. Posters seek short-term gratification of crisis support needs with little thought as to the implications of these images on their child's future.

Read the full article:

The First Issue of PhotoAbility Magazine

Have a look at the first issue of Photo Ability Magazine.


 Here it is in another format:

A Study from Cyprus

A recent study conducted among youth with disabilities in Cyprus has shown that they are socially excluded due to barriers and obstacles that exist in society including lack of disabled access to public facilities.
The study was conducted in 2013 among 20 young people with disabilities and other youth volunteers of the European Social Forum of Cyprus "Forum Youth Club" within the framework of the "Youth in Action" programme.
It examined socialisation of youth with disabilities and the obstacles faced concerning social inclusion.
The research was conducted with active participation of youth with disabilities in order to get a more realistic result.
Findings showed that persons with disabilities, in general, want to be socially integrated and have active involvement in society. However, this is often not possible due to the lack of accessibility to public spaces and limited opportunities to socialise.  Accessibility still remains one the main barriers to socialisation of persons with disabilities.
Many social spaces are only accessible with the help of others, which means that a person with a disability cannot attend an event or go out on their own.
The study highlighted that social integration of persons with disabilities can only be achieved when people with disabilities no longer feel that they are a burden for a simple outing.
Another issue reported was the fact that many of them faced problems in the school environment something that stopped many of them from going on to high school, getting a job or to pursue further studies at university.
The study also showed that persons with disabilities whose family has accepted their condition and have good family relations are in a much better position than those who also face discrimination at home.
This is also true of those who got married, as they are generally more socially involved and active than those who never married and do not have a family.

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